A VISION is a document that inspires and focuses you on the achievement of a goal.
The discipline of making your vision effective is to read it regularly, at least once a day. That way, you program your mindset into positive expectation.
You’ll find that a compelling, inspiring vision, is larger than life, is full of emotions of achievement, celebration and success, and as yet, not experienced by you in the present.
An engaging vision, is written in present tense, involves your senses, fires up your emotions, and, every time you read it, your pulse races, your blood rushes to your extremities and you will move into your hunger for your greatness instead of your addiction to your smallness.
A vision is something that when you read it, you enter into and experience your strongly desired future while you are living your daily life. Every time you read it, you feed that desire.
A vision is something that keeps you going when push comes to shove, where you would usually stop. A vision feeds your courage, your brilliance and keeps you living outside of your comfort zone.
You have a Baseline and Vision in place and Dynamic Tension is Unleashed.
A BASELINE is a description of your current situation or state. It’s a couple of paragraphs that describe your resources, your limitations, your state of mind, it tells the story of you at the starting post, as it is, right now. It puts your vision into a context by defining your present circumstances in relationship to your goal.
A VISION is a description of where you want to be in a defined point of time in the future. It’s a couple of paragraphs that describe your resources, what you have achieved, what it’s like having achieved thatand what your environment around you looks like with the changes you have made. It’s written in present tense, as if it’s already happened. Martin Luther King in his famous “I have a dream” speech, painted the picture of his desired future – his “Vision”
DYNAMIC TENSION is a psychological phenomina where you are drawn toward achieving your vison. Dynamic tension gets created when you vividly imagine your present situation and at the same time, vividly imagine your desired situation. If you practice reading your vision every day, then you build on that tension, and you are drawn toward your desired situation in your thoughts, words and actions.
Applying this technique to your goals, gives you access to a psychological support. You will be able to easily maintain your actions and focus for achieving any goal that you can conceive. You will have a natural attitude of positive expectation. That’s why you write your baseline and vision and that’s also why you review your vision as often as possible. This really works.
INSTRUCTIONS: Write your goal using the *SMART structure.
Then write a description of your BASELINE, highlighting the costs and pain of your current situation.
Then write your inspiring VISION from the point of view that you have already achieved it and you are celebrating it and reflecting upon how you got there and what you have actually achieved.
This needs to be written in present tense, in the now, as if it’s already happened. It also needs to be written using vivid emotional language to describe your positive feelings of achievement of these goals. Good luck. Contact me if you get stuck.
* SMART Structure: a well structured goal is Specific, Measurable, based in Action, is Realistic and has a Time deadline
Use this handy template to create your effective vision: